Rose Cottage Café in Castleton
Rose Cottage Café in Castleton is a charming tea room in a building dating back to at least the 15th century. From the outside, it looks like a modest tea room; walk in however, and you enter a space that’s much bigger than you’d imagine. To the rear is a beautiful hidden garden with plenty of courtyard seating. The interior is modern and stylish, with fresh flowers, local artwork, stone walls, light wooden ceiling beams and classic furniture.
On our visit, we ate alfresco and soaked up the view of the pretty garden. The friendly, efficient staff made us feel welcome as we browsed the concise, innovative, seasonal menu. Halloumi on sweet-potato slices with pomegranate salad; and falafel balls on pitta with salsa salad arrived promptly. Both dishes were beautifully presented, fresh and flavoursome. We also ordered chips – thrice-cooked delicacies, deliciously crispy on the outside and light and airy in the middle. The drink options are plentiful. We opted for beer, wine, tonic water and tap water.
We rounded off lunch with a slice of gluten-free courgette cake – not particularly sweet but tasty and moist –and thick and gooey chocolate cake, both with pouring cream.
Rose Cottage Café is a gem in the heart of the Peak District – great location, super service and fabulous food.
For more details, check Rose Cottage’s Instagram page. At the time of writing, Rose Cottage closes on Fridays but opens 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday to Thursday.
Recommended by Steph Walsh, Derbyshire correspondent
Photos: Rose Cottage
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